TWO MANSIONS OF POLISH GREAT WRITERS Part 1 OBLĘGOREK
“Two mansions” trip is a nice jump into the history of Polish literature and a nice visit to Oblęgorek and Nagłowice.
We start our tour with a small palace in Oblęgorek – the place of the Nobel prize winner Henryk Sienkiewicz. It was a gift from “the Nation” for the important role that Sienkiewicz played in keeping a national spirit in Polish society at that time being depraved of its own country.
Henryk Sienkiewicz (5 May 1846 – 15 November 1916) was a Polish writer known for his Nobel Prize winning book “Quo Vadis”, there were several films produced on the basis of the book.
directed by Lucien Nonguet and Ferdinand Zecca, Quo Vadis? 1901, France (silent film).
directed by Quo Vadis? Enrico Guazzoni, 1912, Italy ( silent film).
directed by Quo Vadis Gabriello D’Annunzio and Georg Jacoby, 1924, Italy (silent film).
directed by Quo Vadis Mervyn LeRoy, 1951, USA.
directed by Quo vadis? Franco Rossi, 1985, Italy (tv series).
directed by Quo vadis Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 2001, Poland.
The palace had been designed by Hugo Kuder, and was built in 1900 – 1902. The palace is surrounded by huge picturesque garden designed by famous Warsaw gardener Franciszek Szanior. Sienkiewicz was given this estate (the house with farm buildings, 270 ha of land, 60 cattles, 6 horses, farm machines) as a national gift on the 25th anniversary of his literacy work.
The pedestal is famous because of the picture below.
Henryk Sienkiewicz with his daughter and son. When you look more carefully you will also notice that there is a dog on the column.
A study desk of Henryk Sienkiewicz. He ordered it in Warsaw to have it in Oblęgorek. On this desk he wrote ‘In the desert and wilderness’ , a book for teenagers.
You can compare today’s view of Oblęgorek with the palace during the life of the author..
I could not resist selfie. Though my intention was not to publish the picture I decided to do it to show when it had been taken (mask).
Henryk Sienkiewicz and Kazimierz Pochwalski during their trip along Bosfor. Pochwalski started painting it in 1889 and completed in …1940.
Henryk Sienkiewicz with his daughter in Lausanne in 1916. The author died the very same year on 15.11.1916 in Vevey, Switzerland.
Pictures from corridor. The main subject is hunting.
The tableu above was another anniversary gift from Jan Mieczkowski’s photo company. It is a display of nine photograps of Sienkiewicz in different phases of his life.
The writer’s pen.
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